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With Science Comics, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. In this volume, get up close and personal with Earth's nearest neighbors—Venus with its acid rainstorms, Saturn and its rings of ice, and the heart of it all, th With Science Comics, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. In this volume, get up close and personal with Earth's nearest neighbors—Venus with its acid rainstorms, Saturn and its rings of ice, and the heart of it all, the Sun. Humans have always been fascinated by outer space and we’re learning more about our solar system every day. Did you know that our Solar System was born from a cloud of cosmic dust? That Jupiter’s red spot is really a raging storm? Join Sara, Jill, and their space-faring pets on a quest to learn more about the wonders of our Solar System—and beyond!


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With Science Comics, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. In this volume, get up close and personal with Earth's nearest neighbors—Venus with its acid rainstorms, Saturn and its rings of ice, and the heart of it all, th With Science Comics, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. In this volume, get up close and personal with Earth's nearest neighbors—Venus with its acid rainstorms, Saturn and its rings of ice, and the heart of it all, the Sun. Humans have always been fascinated by outer space and we’re learning more about our solar system every day. Did you know that our Solar System was born from a cloud of cosmic dust? That Jupiter’s red spot is really a raging storm? Join Sara, Jill, and their space-faring pets on a quest to learn more about the wonders of our Solar System—and beyond!

30 review for Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is a great graphic novel to interest middle grade students in the Solar System. Sara is home sick from school and she is bored. Her friend Jill comes to visit and brings the book she has been reading called "Solar Systems." Using the book and her imaginations, she takes Sara on a trip through the Solar System on the ship called the Unbored. The crew on the ship are Sara's dog, and hamster and Jill's cat and snake. As they travel from the sun to the outer reaches of the solar system, they le This is a great graphic novel to interest middle grade students in the Solar System. Sara is home sick from school and she is bored. Her friend Jill comes to visit and brings the book she has been reading called "Solar Systems." Using the book and her imaginations, she takes Sara on a trip through the Solar System on the ship called the Unbored. The crew on the ship are Sara's dog, and hamster and Jill's cat and snake. As they travel from the sun to the outer reaches of the solar system, they learn about each planet and the moons. They have to solve some problems and write short reports after each stop. It is a fun way to learn about the solar system and could be a starting point for further research into any of the things the ship encounters along the way. There are some great illustrations mixed in with the cartoon ones. A great addition to any school or class library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    January Gray

    We (myself, hubs and kids) are totally in love with the Science Comics series! A great and entertaining way for kids (and adults) to learn! I highly recommend all of them! We loved this one too!

  3. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/sc... Summary: With Science Comics, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. In this volume, get up close and personal with Earth’s nearest neighbors—Venus with its acid rainstorms, Saturn and its rings of ice, and the heart of it all, the Sun. Humans have always been fascinated by outer space and we’re learning http://openbooksociety.com/article/sc... Summary: With Science Comics, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. In this volume, get up close and personal with Earth’s nearest neighbors—Venus with its acid rainstorms, Saturn and its rings of ice, and the heart of it all, the Sun. Humans have always been fascinated by outer space and we’re learning more about our solar system every day. Did you know that our Solar System was born from a cloud of cosmic dust? That Jupiter’s red spot is really a raging storm? Join Sara, Jill, and their space-faring pets on a quest to learn more about the wonders of our Solar System—and beyond! (Goodreads) Review: I am always delighted to read a Science Comics book – I learn SO much while reading a comic book ☺. This title – Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space is well written and illustrated. From the forward I found the following, which peaked my interest” “The Solar System isn’t just weirder than we imagined, but (to borrow a phrase from the scientist J.B.S. Haldane), it’s weirder than we could imagine.” “The Universe is like a puzzle spread out across the sky, and who could ever face a puzzle like that and not want to try to get the pieces to fit? That’s what scientists do, and when we do it, we find that there are more pieces to play with, more places to discover, and more ideas to understand. The universal puzzle is one that never ends. The more you explore, the more there is to explore.” Sara is home with a cold and her friend Jill comes to visit. In an effort to alleviate Sara’s boredom, Jill suggests reading about the solar system. To make the activity interesting and fun, Jill and Sara create their very own spaceship, the Unbored. The crew is made up of the girl’s pets: Sara’s dog – Captain Riley the loyal space hound, Sara’s hamster – Engineer Fortinbras the handy hamster, Jill’s cat – Commander Pepper the cosmic kitty, Jill’s snake – Science Officer Slithers the smart space serpent. At the beginning of the mission – they head for the sun. Along the way, creation of the solar system is discussed. All the dialogue is between the pets. I found the explanations easy to understand and entertaining at the same time. Gravity is defined in a manner that is understandable… and fun ☺ I found the layers of the sun section was very informative without being overwhelming to the reader. The Sun: A Report was written to describe what was learned by the crew to send back to Sara. I fact, after each planet a report was sent back to Sara outlining the most striking pieces of information regarding that particular planet. The humour was also evident throughout. For example while exploring Mercury: “Crew, I think we should land on this planet and explore. Suit up and head to the shuttle. Right. Let’s have a sniff around. Hmmm. Sniffing does not seem to work in space suits.” I really found there was just the right amount of detail for each planet, explained in a manner that is understandable and interesting. I particularly found it interesting that: “Neptune has a dozen known moons, but Triton is the biggest and most amazing. Unlike any other moon in the Solar System, it orbits in the opposite direction of the planet’s spin.” Enthusiplasma was the fuel that kept the journey to all the planets going. Essentially the journey was fuelled by Sara’s interest and enthusiasm about the solar system. As the journey progressed, my enthusiasm also increased. I think anyone wanting a basic introduction to the solar system will enjoy this book. It is presented in a fun, factual manner with interesting characters. A great, entertaining way for children (and adults) to learn about our solar system. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Sara is home sick with a cold and BORED! Her friend Jill stops by to visit and offers to cure her boredom by telling her all about the solar system. Creating an imaginary spaceship named "Unbored," Jill crews it with a mix of pets (hers and Sara's). These loyal space pets set out to visit the solar system and report back to the girls. After they visit each object (the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, etc.) they send back a brief report about the size, contents, origin of its name, and amazing fea Sara is home sick with a cold and BORED! Her friend Jill stops by to visit and offers to cure her boredom by telling her all about the solar system. Creating an imaginary spaceship named "Unbored," Jill crews it with a mix of pets (hers and Sara's). These loyal space pets set out to visit the solar system and report back to the girls. After they visit each object (the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, etc.) they send back a brief report about the size, contents, origin of its name, and amazing features. These reports are very important, because the imaginary spaceship is powered by "enthusiplasma" a fuel created from Sara's enthusiasm for the solar system - the more cool facts they discover, the more power the ship has. This unique way of presenting the content is engaging and humorous. Scenes such as the engineering officer providing extra power by running on his hamster wheel, or the Cosmic Kitty accidentally launching the shuttle when she strolls across the Emergency control button keep the presentation from bogging down in dry facts. But there really isn't much danger of boredom when the crew are exploring worlds that may rain diamonds or moons with volcanoes that shoot out water. Along with some famous men such as Tycho Brahe and Galileo, the crew also hear about females such as Caroline Herschel and Venetia Burney. American space programs such as the Apollo missions and Voyager receive much of the attention, but the Russian Venera probes and the Indian Space Research Organization's Mars Orbiter Mission are also mentioned. For an overview/introduction to the features of the solar system, this book is a great choice. It has funny pets in space suits, quick reviews (in the reports sent back by the Space Pets to Sara), a glossary, and even a guide to watching meteor showers. Recommended for middle grades and up. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space by Rosemary Mosco, illustrated by Jon Chad. 122 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second (Roaring Brook Press), 2018. $13. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13. BUYING ADVISORY: MS – ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE A girl named Sara is home sick when her friend Jill comes to visit and decides to teach her about the Solar System. They make up a story about a spaceship full of their pets and take the reader on a journey through space Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space by Rosemary Mosco, illustrated by Jon Chad. 122 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL First Second (Roaring Brook Press), 2018. $13. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13. BUYING ADVISORY: MS – ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE A girl named Sara is home sick when her friend Jill comes to visit and decides to teach her about the Solar System. They make up a story about a spaceship full of their pets and take the reader on a journey through space. The sun and each planet is featured with highlights about each one, including a report from the space pets. Not everything goes smoothly for the space pets, but each planet is discussed and Jill helps Sara understand and love the solar system. The non-fiction portion of this book is five stars. I thought the highlights about each planet were fascinating and I was reading parts out loud to my family. The illustrations are bright and attractive which is an important part in a graphic novel. The story about the space pets was boring and made the book seem very juvenile, which will turn older readers away even though the facts are interesting for all. The violence is random and shocking, and it includes the story of a man getting his nose cut off by a sword with a graphic picture to go with it-completely out of place with the feel of the rest of the book and pushing it into middle school level. Great non-fiction, but not great overall. C. Peterson https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2019...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Because she has a cold, Sara has had to stay home in bed. Although she's tried to distract herself with various activities, she is extremely bored and delighted when her friend Jill drops by for a visit. But she meets Jill's suggestion that she entertain her with a book with some skepticism. Jill is not concerned, and she uses the book about space that she's been reading to weave a story featuring the two friends' pets in which they explore the various parts of our solar system. As the crew move Because she has a cold, Sara has had to stay home in bed. Although she's tried to distract herself with various activities, she is extremely bored and delighted when her friend Jill drops by for a visit. But she meets Jill's suggestion that she entertain her with a book with some skepticism. Jill is not concerned, and she uses the book about space that she's been reading to weave a story featuring the two friends' pets in which they explore the various parts of our solar system. As the crew moves from one planet to the next, gathering information and making a report, they must rely on Sara's enthusiasm to add to their reserves of energy or EnthusiPlasma to reach their next destination. This graphic novel contains quite a lot of information about the solar system and related science concepts, all delivered in an engaging way. Teachers and caregivers intent on fostering interest in science or space travel can't miss if they use this particular title, part of a reliable, informative series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alix Kopf

    Copyright Date: 2018 Genre: Science Fiction Theme: Astronomy, Solar System, Facts, Friendship Sara stays home from school sick and her friend Jill comes to check on her. Sara is extremely bored so Jill decides to make up a story about the solar system from the book she has been reading. Jill then tells the story to Sara to try and keep her entertained. At the end of the book Sara thanks Jill for the wonderful story and keeping her entertained. My favorite part of this book is all of the facts tha Copyright Date: 2018 Genre: Science Fiction Theme: Astronomy, Solar System, Facts, Friendship Sara stays home from school sick and her friend Jill comes to check on her. Sara is extremely bored so Jill decides to make up a story about the solar system from the book she has been reading. Jill then tells the story to Sara to try and keep her entertained. At the end of the book Sara thanks Jill for the wonderful story and keeping her entertained. My favorite part of this book is all of the facts that are included about the planets when Jill is telling the story. I really liked astronomy so this information is very interesting to me and a good refresher. This book covers all of the planets and their characteristics very in depth. This is a great science fiction books for students who like learning about the solar system and also like a good fiction story. I will definitely use this book in my classroom for my students to have as an independent read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kam Yung Soh

    An interesting comic about the Solar System, highlighting some of the interesting features of some of the planets and moons. In the comic, Sara is sick and is staying at home and finding it boring. Along comes Jill to cheer her up by creating a story about a spacecraft, crewed by their pets as astronauts, exploring the solar system from the Sun outwards. The ship is powered by Sara's excitement level, so the crew sets out ofto point out interesting features of the Sun, Mercury, and so on, slowly An interesting comic about the Solar System, highlighting some of the interesting features of some of the planets and moons. In the comic, Sara is sick and is staying at home and finding it boring. Along comes Jill to cheer her up by creating a story about a spacecraft, crewed by their pets as astronauts, exploring the solar system from the Sun outwards. The ship is powered by Sara's excitement level, so the crew sets out ofto point out interesting features of the Sun, Mercury, and so on, slowly building up fuel and increasing Sara's excitement about the Solar System. Those who already know the information about the Solar System may not find much new information here, but the way it is presented, as byte sized pieces of information, may help to introduce those new to astronomy with some wonders to be found in the solar system.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thea

    This is a really great book to get you child or even teen interested in Astronomy. while Sara is home sick from school, her friend Jill comes over to entertain and keep her company. when Sara expresses her boredom of being stuck at home all day- also having read and reread all her books, Jill offers to read a book about Space which she has brought along with her. She responds to Sara's expression of Space being boring by offering to make it into a story with the characters being made up of the p This is a really great book to get you child or even teen interested in Astronomy. while Sara is home sick from school, her friend Jill comes over to entertain and keep her company. when Sara expresses her boredom of being stuck at home all day- also having read and reread all her books, Jill offers to read a book about Space which she has brought along with her. She responds to Sara's expression of Space being boring by offering to make it into a story with the characters being made up of the pets they own: a dog, a hamster, a cat and a snake. The result is an amazing story-line which teaches the reader about Space and the planets was the plot progresses. Even I was drawn in!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Start with a Big Bang and learn about space and the solar system in this volume of Science Comics, an action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Great book for people of all ages - I learned a lot and I am a 51-year-old librarian. Gret drawings and easy to read. Great for kids of all ages!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a great overview of the solar system, full of planets, moons, asteroids and the like. It was quite basic, but I think it was enough to whet the appetites of young readers new to the subject. I liked the premise - two friends making up a story of their four pets exploring space together - and hilarity ensued as the hamster was always scared, the cat is frequently sleeping, etc. Enjoyable, and educational :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    3.5 stars. I thought the facts about the planets were fascinating, but the story line involving the pet space explorers was boring. Up to this book I feel like the science comic graphic novels work in middle school but the weird set up of pet animals going on a space mission might seem juvenile to older readers even though the information is interesting. Great space facts!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jes

    This was another fun Science comic that jammed in a lot of information, but I appreciated the way it did so. From the selection of facts to include in the "report" to the amount of enthusiasm a small, sick girl would have of space, this graphic novel covers a lot of ground in trying to spark the reader's interest. I recommend this to amateur space lovers of all ages. This was another fun Science comic that jammed in a lot of information, but I appreciated the way it did so. From the selection of facts to include in the "report" to the amount of enthusiasm a small, sick girl would have of space, this graphic novel covers a lot of ground in trying to spark the reader's interest. I recommend this to amateur space lovers of all ages.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    As always, very informative and I think the sort of kids who would be drawn to a comic book about space will like it. I wasn't thrilled with the framing narrative, about a girl with a cold whose friend is telling her an adventure story about space starring their pets. I could have done without the Princess Bride inspired bit and just skipped right to pets in space. As always, very informative and I think the sort of kids who would be drawn to a comic book about space will like it. I wasn't thrilled with the framing narrative, about a girl with a cold whose friend is telling her an adventure story about space starring their pets. I could have done without the Princess Bride inspired bit and just skipped right to pets in space.

  15. 4 out of 5

    DaNae

    Set up as a PRINCESS BRIDE beside-type story, a super pimped-out space ship, manned by a dog, a cat, a hamster and a snake, moves methodically from the sun on outward to the space debris encircling our solar system.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    A quick, fun, informative read. The two other Science Comics I've read (Sharks and Rockets) were so stuffed full of facts it almost felt like too much, but this one was a little simpler, which I liked. Great for 4th+. A quick, fun, informative read. The two other Science Comics I've read (Sharks and Rockets) were so stuffed full of facts it almost felt like too much, but this one was a little simpler, which I liked. Great for 4th+.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jo-ann Walsh

    This was a great graphic novel! It’s packed with facts about the planets and solar system! The pictures are wonderful and help explain the information. There is also a cute back story to go along with the facts.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    Exactly the kind of book I would have loved as a kid, or using in my classroom. The illustrations are perfect for the target audience, which of course isn't me, but I'd definitely get for a child maybe in 4th to 6th grade or so, give or take. Exactly the kind of book I would have loved as a kid, or using in my classroom. The illustrations are perfect for the target audience, which of course isn't me, but I'd definitely get for a child maybe in 4th to 6th grade or so, give or take.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I was the odd man out when I used this graphic novel for a program at my library. Almost all the kids loved this because they were really interested in Space. They liked the mix of non-fiction and fiction. I didn't like that and felt like I was reading s text book at times. I was the odd man out when I used this graphic novel for a program at my library. Almost all the kids loved this because they were really interested in Space. They liked the mix of non-fiction and fiction. I didn't like that and felt like I was reading s text book at times.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    I love how the science comics present information in a fun way! Can’t wait to read the rest :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    wildct2003

    Perfect mix of fictional adventure and science. Highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I love the Science Comics series, and so does Ivan. This one, while not my favorite in the series, maintains the high standards of the previous entries.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aud

    Good and interesting. I liked it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Awjtf

    Learned so much!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kest Schwartzman

    I truly love bird and moon, and was hoping for more like it. This isn't that. It's ok, but nothing special I truly love bird and moon, and was hoping for more like it. This isn't that. It's ok, but nothing special

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Mendez

    My favorite part of this book was the interesting facts about the solar system and that it’s written to interest children about space. I would use this book as a read aloud to introduce a space unit.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    Fantastic cool story about space and the solar system. Neat illustrations. Glossary.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This is our second Science Comics read, and me and my child both enjoyed the read. We will definitely be checking out even more in the future! Great, engaging story with beautiful illustrations.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Full disclosure: I love the Science Comics! I have bought several for my Library’s Youth Department and they are an automatic buy when new ones come out. In Solar System, we follow along with Sara as her best friend Jill regales her with an exciting adventure set in our Solar System. Sara is home sick with a cold and bored out of her mind. Luckily her best friend Jill comes over to help cheer her up. She brings along a book about the Solar System which does not impress Sara. Using Sara’s pets, J Full disclosure: I love the Science Comics! I have bought several for my Library’s Youth Department and they are an automatic buy when new ones come out. In Solar System, we follow along with Sara as her best friend Jill regales her with an exciting adventure set in our Solar System. Sara is home sick with a cold and bored out of her mind. Luckily her best friend Jill comes over to help cheer her up. She brings along a book about the Solar System which does not impress Sara. Using Sara’s pets, Jill creates an exciting story about a spaceship and its crew of “loyal Space Pets” who are cruising around the Solar System on a mission to destroy boredom and explore all the fascinating places in space. Filled with equal amounts fun and facts, this book is sure to keep kids engaged as they learn about the wonders of the Solar System. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to reed and review this book. Space Comics: Solar System is available September 18, 2018 from First Second Books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Yergin

    This is the nest nonfiction space book ever!!!!! I love the graphic novel format and the pet crew. The author does a great job introducing all the major topics in an interesting way! This is a great read for a kid interested in space or for a science classroom as an additional resource. I will be getting this for our library and recommending this to homeschoolers and educators.

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